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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • BACKWARD GLANCES — Baltes breaks world drag racing record

  • See what was happening in Redwood Falls 50, 25, and 10 years ago this week.
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  • 1964—50 years ago • Former Redwood Falls resident Jerry Baltes, then living in San Diego, CA, broke the drag racing world speed record by heading down a 1,300 foot track in Wisconsin at 202.24 miles per hour from a standing start. • Twenty-five 4-H students from Kansas arrived as part of an exchange program with Redwood county. • German college student Monika Bruckner, in the United States to teach at the German Summer Institute in Bozeman, Montana, accepted an invitation by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huhnerkoch to visit Redwood Falls, in part because she wanted to visit a real-life Indian reservation. • The town horseshoe team forfeited its anxiously awaited playoff game against Belview when a “moonlight madness” shopping promotion going on the same night caused a scheduling mixup. • Redwood Falls High School staff expected student appetites to increase after the cafeteria had a new false ceiling added to cover up pipes and wiring, and new beige ceramic tile on the walls. 1989—25 years ago • New Reede Gray Elementary School Principal Judy Marn spent her summer entering the entire school schedule onto a personal computer, using a “flow sheet” program. • New Redwood Gazette publisher Rick Peterson introduced himself to the community by making his first-ever blood donation when the Red Cross bloodmobile came to town. • Residents set up a committee to explore new uses for the RFHS building, set to be left unused after a new high school was built. Suggested uses: a nursing home, apartments, community center, or some combination of the above. 2004—10 years ago • Sisters Jane Bronson and Mavis Lentz of Redwood Falls were featured in a national collectors’ magazine, “Ty Beanies and More” for their 3,000 strong collection of Beanie Babies. • Former Redwood Falls resident Robert Anderson, a graduate of Lamberton High School, was inducted into the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque Society, an invitation-only group of the 100 best-regarded chefs in the world. • Mill Street was the scene of two car crashes within moments of each other, one at the “Y” intersection, the other two blocks away at the corner of E. Third Street. • As a reward for completing the public library’s reading program, young library patrons got to sit on a water balloon.

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